Our Team

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Our Team of Dance Instructors


Sunshine's Dance & Cheer Studio has recruited some of the Bay Area's most accomplished and talented dance instructors, each of whom brings their own personal approach to the dance floor. See below who they are:

Samantha Gaskin
Founder/Instructor

 

Originally from Houston, Texas Samantha Gaskin has a joy and passion for all forms of dance. This love for dance has blossomed through her study, choreography, and performance of dance for more than 26 years. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop styles of dance all over the Bay Area. Samantha has been dancing since the age of 5 years old and hasn’t stopped since. During high school Samantha studied dance on a recreational level and had the opportunity to perform as a member of the Willowridge dance team in Missouri City, Texas.

 

While in college Samantha was a member of the cheerleading team and performed in shows collaborating jazz, hip-hop and contemporary for local R&B and hip hop artist. Samantha performed for many years on the competition team at Dance 10 Performing Arts Studio in Alameda, California under the direction of Pam Drake.

In 1999, Samantha made the prestigious Oakland Raiderette Cheerleading team where she performed for 3 seasons under the direction of Karen Kovac. In, her second season as a Raiderette Samantha was selected to perform on a special caberet variety show team for the Raiderettes where she performed at special corporate and charity events. In her final season cheering for the Oakland Raiders, Samantha was selected to represent the team in Bosnia and Kosovo to entertain for the troops overseas.

From 2008-2010 Samantha served as head coach for the San Ramon Valley High School Freshmen cheerleading team. As coach she led her team to first place in several local competitions.

Samantha has 10 years of experience teaching dance and cheerleading to young children at different bay area elementary schools, high schools, recreation centers and dance studios giving her a wide spectrum of experience. Samantha’s passion for dance and her love of children is evident in her teaching style. She both inspires and nurtures all of her students. Samantha’s goal is to provide a fun, exciting, and inspiring atmosphere for her students. She aspires to share her love for dance and allow all of her students to acquire the same love.


Miss Brooke Miller 

Hip Hop Teacher  
 

Brooke found her passion in dance when she was three years old and has been in love with the art ever since. She began studying at Livermore School of Dance where she preformed and practiced jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, tumbling, hip hop, and modern. Brooke was rewarded the honor of being a part of Granada High Schools dance team for two years. She is currently studying child development where she has the opportunity to learn about and work with children everyday. Brooke adores sharing her knowledge of dance and ending her classes seeing students happy and 10x more confident !

Miss Natalie Rosare

Tutu's and Tap Shoes/ Tap Teacher 

 Natalie has been dancing in the Tri- Valley area since the age of two. Performing in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. In middle school she began competing with a local dance studio and began taking dance more seriously. Her favorite dance memory was performing with her dance studio in Disneyland with the Disney cast and crew. When she grows up she would like to be an elementary academic school teacher and continue teaching dance.Natalie has been dancing in the Tri- Valley area since the age of two. Performing in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. In middle school she began competing with a local dance studio and began taking dance more seriously. Her favorite dance memory was performing with her dance studio in Disneyland with the Disney cast and crew. When she grows up she would like to be an elementary academic school teacher and continue teaching dance.


Gwen Stone

                                         Ballet/ Jazz Teacher

Gwen has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She was born into a performing arts family from her mother to her sis-ter, dancing and the passion for the arts are in Gwen’s blood and it is what inspires and pushes her to excel every day. She has an extensive background in modern, lyri-cal, contemporary, ballet, jazz, gymnastics, character, cheer, and tap. She has won numerous National All Round Dancer Awards throughout her 22 years of competi-tive dance. Her creative drive and love of dance can been seen through her students when they rock the stage. Her students have won several top awards throughout the state. She believes that dance is the best outlet for the great days & the not-so great days; on any day you can just allow yourself to become one with the emotion and the heart of what you are feeling and project it into your movement.Gwen has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She was born into a performing arts family from her mother to her sis-ter, dancing and the passion for the arts are in Gwen’s blood and it is what inspires and pushes her to excel every day. She has an extensive background in modern, lyri-cal, contemporary, ballet, jazz, gymnastics, character, cheer, and tap. She has won numerous National All Round Dancer Awards throughout her 22 years of competi-tive dance. Her creative drive and love of dance can been seen through her students when they rock the stage. Her students have won several top awards throughout the state. She believes that dance is the best outlet for the great days & the not-so great days; on any day you can just allow yourself to become one with the emotion and the heart of what you are feeling and project it into your movement.        

Maya Denise Gaskin

                         Boys Hip Hop Instructor

Maya Denise has been dancing since the age of two, and has technical training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pom, contemporary, and ballet folklorico. She was apart of the Golden State Warriors Jr Jam Squad, received a scholarship to the American Dance Training Camp 2016, and was also the recipient of NUVO’s Teen Hip Hop StandOut Scholarship to attend the Dancerpalooza intensive. During her two years of dancing with the Jr jam Squad, Maya Denise, performanced with Aloe Blacc and Montell Jordan, she also Participated in the 2015 NBA Championship Parade Celebration and received a championship ring. Her Tap solo placed 1st place overall in the age category at Spotlight Dance competition and Placed 2nd at Bravo Dance competition in small group Hip Hop division Maya Denise Played Claire in Sunshine Dance & Cheer studios rendition of The Nutcracker. She currently is on California High Schools Varsity song team, and performs at all of the varsity football, and basketball games. Maya Denise is an active cadette girl scout and serves as Miss Contra Costa County's Outstanding Teen. Currently attending California High School she hopes to use all the skills that she has learned from working at SDC to receive a scholarship to Spelman College.


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